LPGA Tour Star, Former College Golf Legend Dies in Drunk Car Accident

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Some sad news as on Jan.31, LPGA Tour player Danielle Downey died in a horrific car accident after she was out with couple of friends at an Auburn, AL restaurant. It was reported that she had a few drinks and was driving at an extreme rate, crashing her car into a tree and causing it to flip several times before it eventually made a stop as she ejected from the vehicle according to Yahoo Sports and AL.com. Her friend, Diana Ramage was trying to take the keys away from her as she knew that Danielle was wasted drunk but it was too late. Downey was only 33 years old and had one win on the LPGA Tour. She was most notable for her outstanding career at Auburn University as she was a three-time All-American, she mad the All-SEC team four times and also led Auburn to the SEC Championships in 2000 and 2003. Although it’s horrible what happened, why didn’t her friend Diana try to tackle her or something instead of letting her take off with the keys? See, this is why I don’t drink or smoke.

Look, if you don’t know how to be a responsible friend then don’t go out drinking with her if you know she’ll get drunk as a skunk. Also, if you’re going to drink hardcore like that, don’t be anywhere near a vehicle. It’s absolutely ridiculous that people are either getting killed by drunk drivers or drunk people are killing themselves. If there’s one thing in this country that should be illegal, it’s alcohol in my honest opinion and I don’t think anyone can make an excuse for it because the stupidity of making yourself drunk and looking like a complete idiot while potentially putting yourself and others in danger is foolishness and dumb. Also, if anyone is drinking hardcore to help “clear their stress”. well I have news for you, getting drunk isn’t going to solve your problem so please just grow up and live your life right and stop stressing out over stupid stuff. Because think about it, probably at least 80% of the stuff you’re stressing out over is based on YOUR OWN ACTIONS so basically, man up (or lady up) son, there’s many other things you can do to clear your stress.

So, although this story is sad, it angers me that Danielle was silly enough to put herself in that kind of risk and I’m not sure if Diana was a little drunk too or not but she COULD have stopped her. If Danielle didn’t have any type of weapon on her then I don’t see why she couldn’t stop her. It’s just one of those stories that I can’t feel completely sad about because Danielle did it to herself. She would have still been alive and her family would’ve been all OK but now they’re upset from Danielle’s stupid mistake and that’s an absolute shame and this is a grown woman we’re talking about. Yes, she was still very young but 33 isn’t 21 my friends. And just to think that teenagers are getting their hands on drinks and getting behind the wheel. Driving is already dangerous as it is without consuming drugs or alcohol. I hope nothing but the best for Danielle’s family but just letting you know that she easily could have been still alive right now. If the world wants to fill their lives with alcohol then the world’s stupidity level is on an all-time high. Rest in peace Danielle, you’ll be dearly missed.

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Colin GP Mieczkowski

Colin Mieczkowski is the Editor-in-chief of the award winning GP Golf Report. He hails from Chicago,IL and is a big Chicago sports fan (Except the Cubs, sorry. Chi Sox baby). His writing journey began when he used to write in his notebook and write free verse poems. Later, he created a blog that covered Chicago sports, golf and video games (Weird combination) but decided to just focus on his main passion of golf. That's when the GP Golf Report was born and since its humble beginnings, the blog has reached well over 100,000 unique visitors and continues to grow. He also has built a love for golf course design and is a lover of "Street Golf" which is practically how he picked up the game. Colin is also a video game YouTuber as well. He goes by the name "GhostPanda" on there. You can click the YouTube symbol to check him out. Follow him on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and add him as a friend on Facebook!
10 comments
Mr D
Mr D

I have worked on and around the LPGA for over 20 years and knew Danielle personally.This was very out of character for her and she has paid the ultimate price for her mistake and all things aside it's a massive loss to many people as she was a real diamond in the rough. I'm not American but it does seem to be the culture to drink and drive unlike the rest of the world.I say this through experience of much travel. I myself gave fallen victim to drinking and then driving home as I'd only had a "few" but I've seen the damage it can do with fellow co workers getting caught and getting DUIs and now I would NEVER drink and get behind the wheel.Taxi,friend,stay home,there are many paths you can take but drink driving is most certainly the wrong one. I feel great sadness on the passing of Danielle and the world is a lesser place without her. I hope other people will learn from this tragedy and if you ever go out for a drink in your car again spare a thought for our lost soul Danielle. RIP deuce.

jim radford
jim radford

Colin, Danielle was from Rochester, NY which is where I live. A great golf town! She was arguably the best woman golfer from this area. Your judgmental,cold remarks about Danielle & her friend are not in good taste. Down right hurtful! I am sure her friend is beating herself up enough after this tragedy. She has to live with this guilt for the rest of her life. That is punishment enough. I am 60 years old and work as a volunteer at hospice and at a hospital. I see the sick & dying often. Life is fragile and people make mistakes. I am a golfer and love the game. Report the facts and if you want to get on your soapbox that is your right. Talking about the dangers of drinking & driving is good. Just try not to get so personal since you don't know Danielle it is easier. For some of us it is not! We all need more understanding and more kindness in this crazy world. Be good and hit it straight!

Jeff
Jeff

Making alcohol illegal makes more problems than it fixes. The last time this country made it illegal was a disaster. Al Capone got rich and killed hundreds of people because of prohibition. Moonshiners and Bootleggers ran wild and got rich just like drug dealers are doing today. Tax it and make money instead of spending billions of dollars of our tax money on law enforcement and jail incarnation trying to enforce something Americans will get their hands on anyway. Make something illegal that Americans like and just sit back and watch what happens.

jim
jim

I agree, a real tragedy but she made the choice, don't try and put the blame on her friends or alcohol. Say acohol should be illegal is just as stupid as what this girl did. Bottom line is people make choices in life and sometimes those choices turn out badly. Can't feel sorry for her at all.

Colin Mieczkowski
Colin Mieczkowski

Thanks a lot for your comment Mr D. It's a very frustrating and sad situation. I hope nothing but the best for her family and friends and hope they cope with this. I'm sure she was a really nice girl. It's interesting how you say that it was out of her character. It makes you wonder, was she secretly depressed and started drinking hardcore? All in all, a horrible situation that could have easily been avoided. Thanks for the comment Mr D and keep up the great work with the LPGA. A wonderful tour it is.

Colin Mieczkowski
Colin Mieczkowski

Jim, I'm sure she was a great person and I'm glad you left your thoughtful comment sir. What I wrote wasn't trying to be cold towards her but it was sort of in frustration considering I hear all of the time around the Chicago area here about young kids getting killed in drinking and driving insodents and it's just sickening to me and Danielle was a 33 year old woman who should have known better. It upset me because if it didn't then I would've had written all of that. Trust me, she'll dearly be missed and I feel awful for her family and her friend but we must remember that she would have still been alive and this wouldn't be a story right now. What I wrote was kind of in frustration like I mentioned, it broke my heart while I was writing. You also have to think, what if she struck another driver who had a child as a passenger? Also, this wasn't a sickness which we must remember. It was consuming of a beverage. Yes, I feel horrible for her friend Diane as well but if we can't have designated drivers then how can we let anyone consume these beverages? Trust me Jim, I TOTALLY understand where you're coming from and I'm so sorry that what I wrote hurt you in anyway sir but I felt that I needed to speak out a little bit because again, what if Ms Danielle struck another driver who wasn't under the influence? It's just so frustrating hearing stories like this on a daily basis and I'm normally a really nice person and I believe kindness is the key to living in this world but if it's a simple beverage that's going to take lives then I'm not for it. At all. Thank you so much for your comment Jim, I hope you'll cope okay with this, I was highly upset after reading your comment but again trust me I understand where you're coming from!! :)

Colin Mieczkowski
Colin Mieczkowski

That's true Jeff but I think there should at least be some kind of limit because there are way too many people dying off of drinking too much including people that don't drink and that's not fare. A person that doesn't drink shouldn't have to die because of some idiot that doesn't know hot to handle alcohol. There should at least be some limit because Americans may like it but they won't be around long at all if they can't handle it, plain simple. Appreciate your thoughts Jeff

Colin Mieczkowski
Colin Mieczkowski

Hey Jim, appreciate the comment, Yup, as I said, she would have still been alive and this wouldn't be a story right now. However, the friends could have driven her home. That's what designated drivers are for. Also, we have way too many tragedies due to drinking and driving or people just drinking too much. If nobody doesn't know how to handle their alcohol, then it shouldn't be in anyone's hands. There's soo many people that would have still been alive today including kids if alcohol wasn't a factor. People are already crazy enough so why hand them alcohol? Great comment Jim :) - Colin

james radford
james radford

Thanks, Colin. I appreciate your follow up and hope to read more stuff in your blog. I agree with you that she could have killed someone else that was innocent. This tragedy could have been worse.I worked as a claims mgr and saw many different types of motor vehicle accidents first hand or photos taken by my claim reps so I am highly sensitive to this topic. Drinking & driving don't mix and can kill. Take care.

Colin Mieczkowski
Colin Mieczkowski

Thanks for reading Jim and I'll try the best in my ability to bring you some great content. Again, what I wrote was not meant to hurt so thank you so much for understanding and thank you for the work you do, there's no doubt it can be an eerie job with all of the unfortunate accidents that happen. Have a great one! :)

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